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Typhoon Ma-on Between Philippines and Japan

21.2N 132.8E

July 28th, 2011 Category: Tropical Cyclones

Typhoon Ma-on (8W) - July 18th, 2011

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On July 11, both the JMA and JTWC upgraded a tropical disturbance to a tropical depression which was located near Minamitorishima. On July 12, both the JMA and JTWC upgraded the system to a tropical storm and named it Ma-on.

Early on July 13, the JMA upgraded Ma-on to a severe tropical storm. Late on July 13, both the JMA and the JTWC upgraded Ma-on to a typhoon. After absorbing Tokage, Ma-on reached its peak strength on July 16. The PAGASA named it Ineng on July 17.

As Ma-on was affecting Japan, the JTWC downgraded it to a tropical storm in the evening on July 19. Ma-on made landfall in Tokushima later. The JMA downgraded Ma-on to a severe tropical storm after it made landfall in Wakayama early on July 20. The JTWC downgraded Ma-on to a tropical depression on July 21 and discontinued advisories the following day. The JMA downgraded Ma-on to a tropical storm early on July 23. On July 24, Ma-on weakened into an extratropical cyclone east of the Tōhoku region.

Islands of Japan Day After Massive Earthquake – March 18th, 2011

38.2N 140.8E

March 18th, 2011 Category: Earthquakes, Image of the day

Japan - March 12th, 2011

Damage from Tsunami

10-metre (33-ft) High Tsunami

This image shows the islands of Japan one day after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami afflicted the country. The 9.0 magnitude earthquake occurred at 14:46 JST (05:46 UTC) on Friday 11 March 2011.

The epicenter was 130 kilometers (81 mi) off the east coast of the Oshika Peninsula of Tōhoku near Sendai, with the hypocenter at a depth of 32 km (19.9 mi). Here, the land closest to the quake epicenter is partially obscured by clouds, although the city of Tokyo can be seen clearly to the south.

The earthquake triggered extremely destructive tsunami waves of up to 10 meters (33 ft) that struck Japan minutes after the quake, in some cases traveling up to 10 km (6 mi) inland, with smaller waves reaching many other countries after several hours. Tsunami warnings were issued and evacuations ordered along Japan’s Pacific coast and at least 20 other countries, including the entire Pacific coast of North America and South America.

Kesennuma City

Fukushima Nuclear Plant